•Anti-Aging & Cosmeceutical Corner
TAHE B-AENEFITSROF AYURVEDIC
ANTI GING EGIMENS
YURVEDA (pronounced: “
Are-you-vay-da”) is an Indian holistic
medical system. The term is
derived from the Sanskrit
words, “ayur” meaning life and
the body as
part of the
NAVIN M. GERIA universe,
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SPADERMACEUTICALS energy. Good
of these ener-
the stars and
not alone. According to a recent study
by the National Center for Health,
almost 62% of Americans rely on complementary and alternative medicine,
NAVIN GERIA IS VICE
PRESIDENT OF RESEARCH
AND DEVELOPMENT FOR
MARTINSVILLE, NJ. HE
HAS MORE THAN 30 YEARS
OF EXPERIENCE IN THE
PERSONAL CARE INDUSTRY
AND WAS PREVIOUSLY WITH
PFIZER, WARNER-LAMBERT, SCHICK,
MOST RECENTLY, LEDERMA
LABORATORIES. HE HAS
EARNED OVER 15 U.S.
PATENTS, HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN COSMETIC TRADE
MAGAZINES AND HAS BEEN
BOTH A SPEAKER AND
MODERATOR AT COSMETIC
lead to customized skin and health
Life’s journey is divided into three
segments: birth to 16 is the kapha
age, 16 to 50 is the pitta age and 50
to 100 is the vata age. The three
main psycho-physiological functional
principles of the body determine
one’s constitution and maintain the
integrity of the human body. Doshas
govern one’s response to changes.
When disturbed, they can initiate
the disease process.
Vata (“vah-tah”): When this
dosha is in balance, we feel centered,
vital, and able to cope with anything.
Vata types are dominated by the air
element and tend to be thin, quick
and energetic. When vata is out of
balance, we feel distracted, restless
and as if we’re running on empty.
Vata energy increases when we are
stressed and as we get older. Vata
means wind, a sort of life energy
that is distributed to the rest of the
body. It is responsible for movement
of every kind. If vata is disturbed,
you will experience severe aging
symptoms. It is the easiest dosha to
Mind-Body Classifications become imbalanced, but it is also rel-Ayurveda can help achieve optimal atively easy to bring into balance.
physical, mental and emotional One who keeps vata in balance
health by living in harmony with defeats the aging process of the body.
nature. Known as doshas (pro- It is associated with bodily move-nounced “doe-shah”), it refers to the ment and governs breathing, blink-body’s natural intelligence, the sub- ing, muscle and tissue movement,
tle energy that directs all bodily and pulsation of the heart and cytoplasm
natural functions. In Ayurveda, there and cell membrane movement. Out
are three mind-body types: vata, of balance, vata produces fear and
pitta and kapha, which define a per- anxiety.
son’s constitution. Everyone has all Pitta (“pih-tah”): Corresponds to
three doshas in their body, but their the elements of fire and water. Pitta
ratio of one to the other varies, governs digestion, absorption, assim-which explains why each one of us is ilation, metabolism and body tem-unique. The blend of doshas deter- perature. Pitta types have qualities
mines how we look, act and feel relating to heat or burning and
inside. Understanding doshas could might be considered hot-tempered
including prayer, for healing. People
suffering from chronic diseases can be
helped through natural herbal medicines and detox therapies. The
Ayurvedic principles, with their
emphasis on preserving and promoting healthy living, can be a part of
one’s daily routines.
There is a fundamental understanding that there is a “cosmic intelligence” in each of us. Each is born
with a unique combination of dosha
(vata, pitta and kapha). The combination is known in Ayurveda as the psychosomatic constitution (prakruti).
People are flocking to ayurvedic centers for their emotional well-being.
With the work environment becoming
increasingly competitive and stressful, Ayurvedic skin care therapies
have gained in popularity. While most
consumers have become increasingly
knowledgeable and discerning in
selecting Ayurvedic services, many
others are confused by the variety of
terms and treatments. This column
will help clarify the principles of
Ayurvedic anti-aging science.